Baseball is back: Major League Baseball‘s owners and players have reportedly reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, ending the 99-day lockout that has delayed the 2022 season. The report comes from ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan, who adds that the deal still has to be ratified by both parties, but that is…MLB Players and Owners Reach Deal to End Lockout; Opening Day Set for April — TVLine
The Phoenix Suns are keeping their heads above water despite Chris Paul and Devin Booker being out, and that keeps them atop these NBA power rankings. 29 more wordsNBA Power Rankings: Suns hang on to top spot but Celtics, 76ers gaining — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Five teams have emerged as consensus favorites to win the 2022 NBA title: Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Nets and Brooklyn Nets.PBT Podcast: Ranking NBA’s best-of-the-rest teams — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The New York Mets announced they will retire Keith Hernandez’s No. 17 in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field during the 2022 season.Mets to retire Keith Hernandez’s No. 17 in July — MLB | NBC Sports
The Mets are set to hire Eric Chavez as hitting coach as the team begins to put together a staff under new manager Buck Showalter.Report: Mets hiring hitting coach Eric Chavez away from Yankees — MLB | NBC Sports
Related: AFC playoff picture | NFC playoff picture The NFL released the following playoff clinching scenarios for Week 18 of the 2021 season: AFC CLINCHED (5 of 7): Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North division title Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title Buffalo Bills – playoff berth…NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 18 — ProFootballTalk
Saturday, January 8:
Kansas City at Denver:
The Chiefs secure the AFC’s #2 seed.
Kansas City 27 Denver 17
Dallas at Philadelphia
The Eagles need this one more than the Cowboys.
Philadelphia 26 Dallas 23
Sunday, January 9:
Washington at NY Giants
Two teams that are playing out the string. The Giants are a mess.
Washington 20 NY Giants 19
Cincinnati at Cleveland
Nothing to play for except for playoff seeding for the Bengals.
Cincinnati 33 Cleveland 27
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Two teams that need to win and get a lot of help.
Pittsburgh 22 Baltimore 17
Green Bay at Detroit
Aaron Rodgers says he’s playing. The Packers have already locked up the NFC’s #1 seed.
Green Bay 31 Detroit 17
Indianapolis at Jacksonville
The Colts bolster their playoff seeding in this one.
Indianapolis 30 Jacksonville 9
Chicago at Minnesota
Two teams playing out the string, part two.
Minnesota 17 Chicago 7
Tennessee at Houston
The Titans have revenge and a #1 seed on their mind.
Tennessee 29 Houston 14
New Orleans at Atlanta
Two teams with a mathematical chance at the playoff, but an unappealing game just the same.
Atlanta 21 New Orleans 17
Seattle at Arizona
The Cardinals got the monkey off their back in Dallas this past week.
Arizona 23 Seattle 16
NY Jets at Buffalo
The Bills wrap up the AFC East for the second consecutive season.
Buffalo 37 NY Jets 13
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Bruce Arians says the starters are playing this week. We’ll see how long.
Tampa Bay 28 Carolina 15
New England at Miami
The Patriots could use this one for playoff seeding, but always struggle with the Dolphins.
Miami 24 New England 21
San Francisco at LA Rams
It’s the #2 seed for the Rams, while the Niners back into the postseason.
LA Rams 27 San Francisco 17
LA Chargers at Las Vegas
The Chargers grab the final AFC playoff spot.
LA Chargers 27 Las Vegas 24
With two weeks left in the season, nine teams that haven’t already clinched playoff berths control their playoff destiny. Those teams are the Bills, Colts, Titans, Patriots, Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders, 49ers and Eagles. Those nine teams haven’t clinched yet, but know they are in the playoffs if they win their last two games. All nine…Nine teams that haven’t clinched playoff berths yet can clinch by winning out — ProFootballTalk
Sunday, January 2, 2022:
NY Giants at Chicago
Not much to say about this one.
Chicago 17 NY Giants 14
Jacksonville at New England
Suddenly, the Patriots must worry about their playoff chances. The Jags will help.
New England 27 Jacksonville 11
LA Rams at Baltimore
The Rams have become hot again. The Ravens? Not.
LA Rams 34 Baltimore 24
Tampa Bay at NY Jets
The Buc’s final three games: Carolina, Jets, Carolina.
Tampa Bay 35 NY Jets 13
Atlanta at Buffalo
The Bills must win out over Atlanta and the NY Jets to win the AFC East for the second consecutive season. I like their chances.
Buffalo 31 Atlanta 20
Kansas City at Cincinnati
I really like what the Bengals have accomplished thus far this season. But not this week.
Kansas City 33 Cincinnati 24
Miami at Tennessee
The Dolphins have won seven in a row, and suddenly own their playoff destiny. The Titans have figured it out, though.
Tennessee 21 Miami 17
Las Vegas at Indianapolis
Or will the Colts overtake Tennessee in the AFC South?
Indianapolis 29 Las Vegas 18
Philadelphia at Washington
The Eagles still have something to play for and the Football Team has proven they are mailing it in.
Philadelphia 27 Washington 16
Denver at LA Chargers
The Chargers inexplicably lost to Houston in week 16. They get back on track here.
LA Chargers 23 Denver 13
Houston at San Francisco
Speaking of the Texans, they have an opportunity to play spoiler again. Not this time.
San Francisco 23 Houston 10
Detroit at Seattle
Seattle 19 Detroit 16
Arizona at Dallas
The Cowboys looked like world beaters in week 16, while the Cards are in a free fall.
Dallas 34 Arizona 23
Carolina at New Orleans
The Saints could use the Panthers right about now.
New Orleans 18 Carolina 7
Minnesota at Green Bay
Say goodbye to the Vikings.
Green Bay 31 Minnesota 24
Monday, January 3, 2021:
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
The Browns showed some fight against the Packers in week 16, but the Steelers? Not so much against Kansas City. This is the AFC North, however. Trends go from week to week.
Pittsburgh 23 Cleveland 17
#AceNewsReport – Dec.24: The NHL season has been disrupted since mid-December by a raft of postponements #AceSportsDesk says according to a BBC Sports News Report: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said “Olympic participation is no longer feasible” with 50 league games postponed up to 23 December. It follows disruption to the regular NHL season because of […](BEIJING) Winter Olympics Report: The National Hockey League (NHL) has confirmed it will not send its players to the men’s ice hockey tournament #AceNewsDesk report — Ace News Services